The Road Safety Authority is renewing its appeal to all road users and in particular motorcyclists to take care on the roads this bank holiday weekend.
The appeal is being made as three motorcyclists have been killed this weekend.
Two men in their 50s and 60s were killed on Dublin’s M50 on Friday. The collision involved two motorcycles and a truck.
In Kilkenny, a motorcyclist in his 40s was killed and two other motorcyclists seriously injured following a crash near Clifden yesterday afternoon.
It brings to 74 the number of people who have died on Irish roads so far this year.
That figure is up significantly on the same time last year, when 48 people had been killed.
Of the 74 people killed so far in 2022, figures show that 17 have been motorcyclists.
There were 22 motorcyclist deaths in 2021, according to the Road Safety Authority.
Last month, gardaí and the Road Safety Authority issued an appeal to motorists to be aware of and look out for motorcyclists over the summer months.
They asked drivers to be observant at junctions, intersections, when turning into a main road and when changing lanes.
They also appealed to motorcyclists to acknowledge their vulnerability on the road and ease off the throttle.
Gardaí said today that since Thursday they along with other emergency services have dealt with a significant number of fatal incidents, leaving behind grieving families and friends on a weekend that should be full of fun and enjoyment.
“Too many families have suffered trauma already this weekend,” said Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, who has responsibility for roads policing and community engagement.
She has appealed to people to take care on the roads over the coming days.
“No matter what activity you are taking part in this weekend, please take care. Please ensure that you are following all the appropriate safety advice.
“If you are travelling on our roads I appeal to drivers ‘please slow down’ and ask all road users to take care over the remaining days of this Bank Holiday Weekend,” she said.
Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority Liz O’Donnell said they are appealing to all road users this weekend.
“We’ve had a bad weekend. 74 people have been killed so far this, that’s 26 more than the same time last year,” she said.
“Everyone using the roads this weekend needs to slow down. I appeal to motorists, slow down and to bikers, ease off the throttle.
“Our research is showing people are disregarding the speed limits, particularly the 80kmph and 50kmph limits.
“We have been extremely successful in bringing down the number of roads deaths and road trauma over the last 20 years, but now we’re seeing that the deaths are increasing.
“That’s not a trajectory we want to continue. We want to keep the fatalities down and the serious injuries down.”
Donna Price, from Mullingar in Co Westmeath, is the founder and Irish Road Victims’ Association, which she set up after he son Darren was killed in a crash in 2006.
“It’s absolutely soul destroying to hear of the tragic deaths of these people this weekend,” she said.
“Such news brings it home to all our families who have already been impacted and who have received this terrible news.
“It’s earth shattering, our hearts are broken for the families. As a charity we are here for them to help and support them as they deal with the horrific aftermath of such a loss.”
Ms Price also made an appeal to road users to redouble their efforts when it comes to road safety.
“We must all play our small part in saving lives and preventing injuries,” she said.